What People Don’t Get About Trauma Informed Yoga

Trauma informed yoga has gained popularity in recent years, but it is often misunderstood. 

Many people believe that trauma informed yoga is just like any other yoga class, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

To truly understand what trauma informed yoga is and what it can do for those who have experienced trauma, it is important to look beyond the surface and dive deeper into the philosophy and practice of this unique approach.

Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that can have a lasting impact on a person’s mental, emotional and physical health. 

We are all familiar with feelings of fear, anxiety, and hopelessness.

One of the most powerful things about trauma informed yoga is that it helps individuals to develop a greater sense of compassion towards their trauma stories through community, movement, breath and mindfulness.

This is especially important for individuals who have experienced trauma, as they often feel disempowered and disconnected from their bodies. 

The first thing to understand about trauma informed yoga is that it is not a one-size-fits-all approach. 

Every individual who has experienced trauma is unique, and therefore their path to healing will be unique as well. 

Trauma informed yoga recognizes this fact, and it is designed to be adaptable to the needs of each individual and/or community.

This is a non-judgmental and supportive practice that empowers individuals to explore their own healing journey at their own pace.

While physical movements and postures are an important part of the practice, they are not the sole focus. Instead, trauma informed yoga recognizes that the body and mind are interconnected, and that it is essential to address both the physical and the emotional aspects of trauma. This is why many trauma informed yoga practices include breathing exercises, visualization techniques, and mindfulness practices that help individuals to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.

Trauma informed yoga can be a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth. This is a unique and powerful practice that is designed to help individuals heal from their traumatic experiences. 

It is a holistic approach that empowers individuals to explore their own healing journey through invitational language, choice-making and a more inclusive language. 

Trauma informed yoga can help anyone to live more fulfilling lives.

If you or someone you know has experienced trauma and is looking for a supportive and empowering approach to healing, consider exploring the world of trauma informed yoga.

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  • Adrian Molina

    Adrian Molina, a prominent figure in community organization and mental health advocacy, dedicates his life to fostering connections and effecting positive change, particularly among marginalized groups. With a background in social service, including work in homeless shelters and maximum security prisons, Adrian emphasizes the importance of mind-body practices in healthcare and law enforcement. As the founder of Warrior Flow, Adrian offers trauma-informed yoga education worldwide, targeting those in community outreach and the medical field. He's a passionate mental health advocate, volunteering with crisis hotlines, serving as an ambassador for NAMI, and training for various programs focused on suicide prevention and child abuse. Adrian is also working on a memoir exploring themes of mental health, resilience, and growth. Adrian's influence spans globally, inspiring hope and change in countless lives. Click link below to learn more about Adrian’s work.

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